Weekly Update – Regular Breakfast Discussion this Saturday. Students welcome. It’s easy to talk about guns, but we need to talk about mental illness.


1.??Regular Breakfast Discussion this Saturday, 9:30AM to 10:30AM at Shore Diner, Tilton and Fire Roads by Parkway Exit 36 in Egg?Harbor Township.?? Bring your college kid/grandkid/niece/nephew?home for the holidays!?? Seth Grossman will broadast as usual on Saturday from 8AM to 9AM on 92.1 FM radio out of Vineland, and as a guest on the Larry Trulli and Dan?Klein programs on Monday from 8AM to 10AM on 1020AM out of Ocean City.??? If you haven’t done so already, please pay your 2012 non-voting dues of $30 before the end of the year.??? Mark your calendar for major fundraiser on Sunday, February 24 at Carisbrook Inn.?? Tickets will be $75 each, $100 per couple.

2.? “It’s easy to talk about guns.???? But we need to talk about mental illness”.???? (from http://anarchistsoccermom.blogspot.com) “I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me. . . We still don?t know what?s wrong with Michael. Autism spectrum, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant or Intermittent Explosive Disorder have all been tossed around at various meetings with probation officers and social workers and counselors and teachers and school administrators. He?s been on a slew of antipsychotic and mood altering pharmaceuticals, a Russian novel of behavioral plans. Nothing seems to work. . .

“On the intake form, under the question, ?What are your expectations for treatment?? I wrote, ?I need help.

“And I do. This problem is too big for me to handle on my own.?Sometimes there are no good options. So you just pray for grace and trust that in hindsight, it will all make sense.

“I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza?s mother. I am Dylan Klebold?s and Eric Harris?s mother. I am James Holmes?s mother. I am Jared Loughner?s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho?s mother. And these boys?and their mothers?need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it?s easy to talk about guns. But it?s time to talk about mental illness.
“According to Mother Jones, since 1982, 61 mass murders involving firearms have occurred throughout the country. (http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/mass-shootings-map). Of these, 43 of the killers were white males, and only one was a woman. Mother Jones focused on whether the killers obtained their guns legally (most did). But this highly visible sign of mental illness should lead us to consider how many people in the U.S. live in fear, like I do.
“When I asked my son?s social worker about my options, he said that the only thing I could do was to get Michael charged with a crime. ?If he?s back in the system, they?ll create a paper trail,? he said. ?That?s the only way you?re ever going to get anything done. No one will pay attention to you unless you?ve got charges.?
“I don?t believe my son belongs in jail. The chaotic environment exacerbates Michael?s sensitivity to sensory stimuli and doesn?t deal with the underlying pathology. But it seems like the United States is using prison as the solution of choice for mentally ill people. According to Human Rights Watch, the number of mentally ill inmates in U.S. prisons quadrupled from 2000 to 2006, and it continues to rise?in fact, the rate of inmate mental illness is five times greater (56 percent) than in the non-incarcerated population. (http://www.hrw.org/news/2006/09/05/us-number-mentally-ill-prisons-quadrupled)
“With state-run treatment centers and hospitals shuttered, prison is now the last resort for the mentally ill?Rikers Island, the LA County Jail, and Cook County Jail in Illinois housed the nation?s largest treatment centers in 2011 (http://www.npr.org/2011/09/04/140167676/nations-jails-struggle-with-mentally-ill-prisoners)
?”No one wants to send a 13-year old genius who loves Harry Potter and his snuggle animal collection to jail. But our society, with its stigma on mental illness and its broken healthcare system, does not provide us with other options. Then another tortured soul shoots up a fast food restaurant. A mall. A kindergarten classroom. And we wring our hands and say, ?Something must be done.?

“I agree that something must be done. It?s time for a meaningful, nation-wide conversation about mental health. That?s the only way our nation can ever truly heal. God help me. God help Michael. God help us all.”

For full post and comments,?go to:??http://www.anarchistsoccermom.blogspot.com/2012/12/thinking-unthinkable.html.?? See also Seth Grossman column in Current Newspaper written after October , 2009 ?stabbing?murder of 88 year old Linwood woman by man with long, documented history of violent mental illness.????? http://libertyandprosperity.org/if-murder-is-unpreventable-then-why-do-we-have-government/

2.? Atlantic City’s Revel Casino Eyes New Loans.??”Revel Entertainmnet appears on track to secure loans that would provide around $150 million cash towards operations and investments in the property. . . Its initial loans were structured around revenue assumptions that have since proven unrealistic, and in August it increased a loan from $50 million to $100 million, which it said at the time should last at least through 2013.?? But by mid November, Revel had tapped all but $22.7 of the loan. . . Republican Governor Chris Christie helped the casino secure around $260 million in tax rebates to fund nearby improvement projects and secure a loan in 2011. . . “? Wall Street Journal, 12/14/2012.?? Can Christie keep the Revel afloat until after he is re-elected?

3.? Republican House Speaker John Boehner just can’t stop surrendering to Obama in “fiscal cliff” negotiations.?? First Boehner agreed to tax hikes with no spending cuts.?? Now, he just agreed to give Obama yet another two tirllion dollar extension on the debt ceiling.??? Our Congressman Frank LoBiondo is still 100% behind Boehner.

4.?? During last Saturday’s breakfast discussion, roughly 35 people?randomly present unaninimously approved of the three radio spots now run by our organization on 1340AM and 92.1FM.??? Here is one of them:? “?I?M SETH GROSSMAN for Liberty and Prosperity dot org.

“Our Republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo has a big problem.??????He knows that our federal government is borrowing forty-two cents (now 46 cents) ?for every dollar it spends.??? That?s more than one trillion dollars, or one thousand billion dollars each and every year.?? LoBiondo knows that this cannot go on much longer.? As with musical chairs, the music will soon stop and a lot of people will get hurt bigtime when they can?t find a seat.

“But Lobiondo also knows that you want him to bring back goodies from Washington.?? You want him to get billions of dollars for more sand dunes and Next Gen Aviation projects.??? To get those things, LoBiondo must keep John Boehner as Speaker of the House so he can make deals with Democrats like President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“Let?s talk about what LoBiondo should do over breakfast at nine-thirty any Saturday morning at the Shore Diner, Tilton and Fire Roads, by Parkway Exit-36 in Egg harbor Township. ???Or online at liberty-and-prosperity dot org.
And please, donate $30 to keep our message on this station.?? Liberty and prosperity dot org thanks you for your support.”

5.? Can you please review this proposed Seth Grossman column for the Current Newspapers of Atlantic County before it is submitted for publication??? Please email Seth Grossman directly at sethgrossman49@gmail.com.?? Thanks.

The Declaration of Independence recognizes that although ?our Creator? endowed each of us with ?certain unalienable rights??including ?life? (the right not to be murdered)?governments must be established ?to secure these rights?.
This idea is found all over the Bible, starting with God warning Noah after the flood to do whatever it takes to respect and protect the life of every human being.

The murder ?of 20 kindergarten pupils and 6 staff members in Connecticut last week showed a complete failure of government to do the most important thing we created it for.
But ?what exactly did government do wrong that it must now do right?

Should there have been better security at the school??? It appears the armed murderer shot ?his way into a locked school, and killed at least two unarmed adults who tried to keep him away from the kids he wanted ?to kill.?? But even if we armed those adults or hired armed guards, someone with or without a gun who wants to kill small children can find them in many other places completely unprotected.
Should we outlaw all private gun ownership and take all guns away from the 77 million citizens who now legally own them????? ?Connecticut already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.?? The killer had no permits to own or buy the guns he had and the killings took place in a ?gun free? school zone.

Whenever the government make it illegal for people to have guns–or drugs, or untaxed cigarettes– people who want them will find a way to get them.???? The tougher the laws, the bigger the profits for the criminals who supply them.???? Will we be safer if only criminals have? guns???? Especially when many communities are cutting back on police, whose big salaries, pensions, and benefits they can no longer afford????? And with Muslim terrorists looking for new ways to kill Americans without first going through airport security?

Should we do a better job of supervising of young men with dangerous mental disorders???? This seems to be the key.?? According to the left-wing magazine Mother Jones,? there have been 61 mass murders involving guns in the United States since 1982.??? Most killers were young, white males with long, documented histories of violent mental illness.

The killer of 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007 was described as a ticking time bomb by several teachers and professors.??? So was the killer of several people at an outdoor meeting? held by Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Gifford in January of 2011.?? So was the killer of 23 people at a movie theater in Colorado last July.? And so was last week?s killer in Connecticut.

And of course,? dangerous mentally ill people don?t need guns to kill.??? Last May, a woman with a long history of violent schizophrenia hacked two tourists to death with a knife on Pacific Avenue, in Atlantic City.?? When a man with a long history of violent threats, outbursts, and mental illness killed an 88 year old woman with a knife in Linwood, the Linwood Police claimed there was nothing they could do to prevent it.
At one time, Americans had common sense and protected ourselves by confining and treating dangerous, mentally ill people in state mental institutions like Ancora.
But after Jack Nicholson?s 1975 movie, ?One Flew Over the Cuckoo?s Nest?, ??progressive? politicians and judges closed or downsized our state mental institutions, and put thousands of very dangerous, mentally ill people on our streets and in our cities, towns, and neighborhoods.

Often, the first victims of these dangerous, mentally ill people are their parents or other family members.??? A mother who fears her son may be the next mass killer gave a gripping and chilling first-hand? description of the problem in her 12/14/2012 posting at http://anarchistsoccermom.blogspot.com/2012/12/thinking-unthinkable.html.
?I live with a 13 year old son who is mentally ill.? I love my son, but he terrifies me. .? We still don?t know what?s wrong with Michael.?? Autism spectrum.? ADHD.? Oppositional Defiant or Intermittent Explosive Disorder have all? been tossed around. . .

?I am Adam Lanza?s mother.?? I need help.? . . In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it?s easy to talk about guns.?? But it?s time to talk about mental illness. . . ?
It?s also time to get rid of ridiculous ?progressive? laws? that punish any doctor, teacher, counselor, or police officer who shares vital information that can save lives?by calling it? ?a breach of medical confidentiality?.

  • Seth Grossman

    Seth Grossman is executive director of Liberty And Prosperity, which he co-founded in 2003. It promotes American liberty and limited constitutional government through weekly radio and in-person discussions, its website, email newsletters and various events. Seth Grossman is also a general practice lawyer.

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